Does panel dismiss civic-minded views of older people?
The Local Planning Panel has allowed statements to be made and questions to be asked that could be taken to imply that civic-minded submissions by older people may be given less weight than others.
One person who spoke on the application for five units at 42 South St, Umina, was asked for his street address after he had completed his presentation, which he inferred to mean his submission would be given less weight.
The planning consultant for the applicant, Mr Ravi Sharma, told the panel that the age group that would benefit most from the kind of accommodation being provided by the proposal were of a younger generation who were not "represented" by submissions.
He suggested that the submitters were "well set" and "established in the market", implying that their views should be given less weight..
The chair of the panel, Ms Kara Krason, did not intervene.
It is understood that at least one submitter has lodged a complaint about the conduct of the meeting.
Local Planning Panel agenda 3.2, 25 Aug 2022
DA6078/2021, Central Coast Council